Biography of John H. Cooney
Cambria County, PA Biographies

John Hackett Cooney is among the successful and representative business men of Johnstown. He was born at East Conemaugh, Cambria County, March 25, 1878, and is a son of John Theophilus and Catherine (Brachen) Cooney.

John T. Cooney, deceased, was a veteran of the Civil war. He was born in Dublin, Ireland, and in early life engaged in teaching school. Upon his arrival in Cambria County he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad. He served during the Civil war as a member of Company H, Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry. His wife was a native of Cambria County. Mr. and Mrs. Cooney were the parents of the following children: Mary A., Ella B., Rose A.; L. Jennie, lives at Conemaugh; Harry Bracken, mention of whom is made below; Mrs. Margaret C. McNellis and Henrietta G. Cooney, both residents of 218 Walnut Street, Johnstown; and John Hackett, the subject of this sketch.

Harry Bracken Cooney served during the Spanish-American war as a member of Company H, Fifth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He served as postmaster of Conemaugh for several years and died Nov. 30, 1920.

John Hackett Cooney spent his boyhood at East Conemaugh, and began life as a newsboy. He was graduated from Indiana State Normal School in 1902, and the following year was one of the organizers of the First National Bank of East Conemaugh and was connected with that institution in the capacity of teller, assistant cashier, cashier and later president. He resigned the presidency several years ago to devote his entire time to other business interests. Mr. Cooney has been identified with many corporations. His offices are located at 1010 U. S. National Bank Building.

On Aug. 18, 1909, Mr. Cooney was married to Miss Emma Irene Confer, a native of Johnstown, born Sept. 15, 1888, the daughter of John C. and Agnes Martha (Osborn) Confer, residents of Johnstown. Mr. and Mrs. Cooney have two children: John Osborn, born July 18, 1910; and Mary Agnes, born Sept. 22, 1917.

Mr. Cooney is a Democrat. In 1912 he was chairman of the Democratic County Committee of Cambria County; in 1917 was candidate for controller and defeated by 140 votes; and in 1923 was candidate for mayor of Johnstown. He is a member of the Catholic Church, Elks Lodge, Knights of Columbus, Eagle and Moose Lodges and Sons of Veterans.

Mr. Cooney has been a leader in the promotion of amateur baseball in Johnstown and through his efforts produced such teams as the Conemaugh Flyers and Johnstown Independents of 1920. The Conemaugh Flyers won the city championship several years ago and played at Brookside Park, Cleveland, Ohio, before an audience of 90,000 people. In 1920 the Johnstown Independents won the semi professional championship of the United States.

History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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